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Date: 02/03/19 09:40
Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: Hartington

I'm British so please bear with me!
As understand it Amtrak owns some track along the north east corridor but runs on the track of other railroads elsewhere.
Setting aside the north east corridor do the trains run exclusively on CXS, NS, UP and BNSF tracks or do they use any other railroad around the country?   I don't need an exhaustive list, just an generalised indication.



Date: 02/03/19 09:47
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: LiveWire2

Mostly Class I railroads, but also some short lines and state or other public agency trackage.



Date: 02/03/19 09:49
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: Winnemucca

The four railroads you mentioned are the bulk of the routes over which Amtrak operates. There are, however, numerous entities both public (Metrolink in the LA Area, for example) and private (Buckingham Branch in West Virgina another example) over which Amtrak operates for shorter distances.

John Webb
Trinidad, CA



Date: 02/03/19 09:59
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: DavidP

Here in New England Amtrak runs on track owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as well as Pan Am Railway, New England Central, and Vermont Railway System.

Dave



Date: 02/03/19 10:02
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: BNSF6400

Hartington Wrote:
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> I'm British so please bear with me!
> As understand it Amtrak owns some track along the
> north east corridor but runs on the track of other
> railroads elsewhere.

Amtrak also owns some trackage outside of the Northeast Corridor.  They own a line in Michigan (a significant part of the Chicago-Detroit route) plus a short, but important amount of terminal trackage in Chicago.



Date: 02/03/19 10:11
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: chess

Winnemucca Wrote:
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> The four railroads you mentioned are the bulk of
> the routes over which Amtrak operates. There are,
> however, numerous entities both public (Metrolink
> in the LA Area, for example) and private
> (Buckingham Branch in West Virginia another
> example) over which Amtrak operates for shorter
> distances.
Just a quick correction, the Buckingham Branch RR, which the Cardinal uses, is between Orange, VA and Clifton Forge, VA. Not in West Virginia..



Date: 02/03/19 11:44
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: TWC

This is power point from Amtrak that should answer some of your questions: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/Planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/september_2017/21/talkingfreight9_21_2017bl.pdf



Date: 02/03/19 12:05
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: sums007

BNSF6400 Wrote:
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> Hartington Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm British so please bear with me!
> > As understand it Amtrak owns some track along
> the
> > north east corridor but runs on the track of
> other
> > railroads elsewhere.
>
> Amtrak also owns some trackage outside of the
> Northeast Corridor.  They own a line in Michigan
> (a significant part of the Chicago-Detroit route)
> plus a short, but important amount of terminal
> trackage in Chicago.

I believe they own the Post Road Branch between Renssalaer and the CSX's Berkshire Division.



Date: 02/03/19 13:09
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: Hartington

That's what I needed.   Thank you gentlemen.



Date: 02/04/19 09:50
Re: Amtrak trackage rights?
Author: Mberry

And to add to the list, they operate on CN (in Canada and the US) and CP (US only, I think).

Michael



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